Path to the Beach – Oil Painting

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Path to the Beach    Plein Air Seascape Oil Painting     8 x 10 inches
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I still had some Siesta Key Beach painting time left after I finished the painting on the previous post, so I moved over to a white sand path about a hundred feet away. I used a panel that I had pre-toned with a bright orange color. I knew there would be a lot of acid green and thought the field would “pop” or vibrate more if I left a little of that orange sparkling through. In fact, you can see evidence of the pre-toned color throughout the painting. It helps to unite the different areas of color and emphasis.

Come join me at the World’s Largest Gathering of Plein Air Painters in Tucson, Arizona April 15-19. I have the honor of being on the faculty of the 2016 Plein Air Convention & Expo (#PACE16) this year and I can’t wait to share my best tips and techniques that will help you become a better painter. You only have until February 14 to save 200 off the regular registration price so get signed up now and I’ll see you in Tucson! To discover more details and to register, head on over to: www.pleinairconvention.com

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Siesta Key Beach – Oil Painting

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Siesta Key Beach    Plein Air Seascape Oil Painting     8 x 10 inches
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Everyone kept telling me how amazing the beaches were on Siesta Key…and they were right! They are very wide and flat and are covered with white sand that is almost the texture of powder. Although it was decidedly chilly, there were still many people out enjoying the view. Every few hundred feet there are different colored lifeguard stations. The red one immediately drew my attention and I decided to give it a go.The wind made it challenging both to stay focused and to keep by easel from blowing away! Lots of people stopped by to view my work and chat. Thankfully, after a few years of plein air festivals, I no longer get freaked out by an audience and I enjoyed their company.

I blocked in my composition with a pretty detailed transparent red oxide under painting, paying special attention to the structure. When I was ready to add color, I jumped right into the sky. I knew that I had to capture the racing clouds right away because the sky would look completely different in 15 minutes. Next I added color to the house (an alizarin crimson and cadmium red medium mixture). I had allowed unpainted sky area for the flags and I painted them loosely to imply movement. I quickly sketched in people on the beach and finished the piece by thickly laying in a diagonal band of ivory sand to lead your eye to the hut…
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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Painting in Watercolor on Siesta Key 2

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Beach House – Plein air watercolor seascape painting  6.5″ x 10″    See Pricing
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Incoming – Plein air watercolor seascape painting  6″ x 9.5″    See Pricing
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While Nora Venturelli and I were painting on the beach, it started to get a little turbulent. The colors in the sky and water shifted and the bright sun disappeared. But we kept right on painting!!

On the bottom piece, I switched to Yupo paper. It’s the exact opposite of most watercolor papers because it the paint does not soak into the fibers. It’s made of some type of plastic and the paint stays floating on the surface, creating interesting textures and brush marks. It’s super easy to “lift” color off this synthetic paper, straight back to the original bright white. In fact, sometimes it happens when you don’t want it to! At first Yupo can be a bit frustrating because it doesn’t react in the ways that most watercolorists are used to. But if you are willing to take a chance and experiment, you can have a lot of fun! I’ve also seen beautiful oil and acrylic paintings created on this versatile surface.

 


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Saunders Waterford Watercolor Paper
Medium: DaVinci Watercolors

Painting in Watercolor on Siesta Key

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Beached – Plein air watercolor seascape painting  9.5″ x 6″    See Pricing
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Near the Beach – Plein air watercolor landscape painting  6.5″ x 8.5″    See Pricing
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We usually go down south for the month of February, but this year we chose January. My husband and I rented a lovely place on Siesta Key near Sarasota but it was an extremely cold and windy month. I’m talking 4 tornadoes windy. On one of the few warm, sunny days my friend Nora Venturelli and I hit the beach to paint some watercolors.

I used the last of my favorite #300 lb. Saunders Waterford Cold Press. I LOOOOOVE this paper, whether I use it in the studio or for plein air painting. It’s so heavy that I never bother stretching it. It simply does not buckle, no matter how many washes I apply. It is also very forgiving because I can “lift” areas of most colors after they’ve dried. I simply re-wet the spot that I want to lighten and blot it gently. It’s 100% Cotton and archival as well. I find the CP (or Cold Press) works best for my style of painting in watercolor. I like paper with a little bit of texture that allows sparkling warm white to show through when you apply the paint gently.


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Saunders Waterford Watercolor Paper
Medium: DaVinci Watercolors

Farm at Mast Road – Oil painting

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Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting     11 x 14 inches     See Pricing
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Golden late summer fields outside the little town of Dexter, Michigan in mid Autumn. In this painting I was experimenting with adding lots of thick paint in the foreground to approximate the feeling of the stubbly stalks. I wanted to add texture but not so much detail that it would take away from the focal point of the light sneaking thru the trees on the horizon…

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

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